Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.
5.5 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.
5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.3 Earthquake hits Iceland.
5.2 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.
5.0 Earthquake hits western Honshu, Japan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Super Typhoon 22w (Hagupit), located approximately 360 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking westward at 8 knots.
The typhoon will only weaken slightly as it nears the Philippines, and is expected to come very close to the Eastern Samar province late Saturday. Forecasts then take Hagupit directly over the country with current predictions expecting the storm to come very close to the capital, Manila, on Monday. Along with damaging winds and flooding rains, the typhoon is expected to bring a destructive tidal surge to eastern areas of the country. More than 600 000 people have fled the approach of Hagupit.
Australia – A severe thunderstorm that hit parts of Sydney, Australia has damaged more than 100 properties. More thunderstorms, hail and powerful winds are expected in New South Wales.
A great horned owl went for an unexpected swim in Lake Michigan this week, after two peregrine falcons forced it into the water, according to Chicago birders who saw the territorial skirmish firsthand.
And later, on the beach:
Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminid meteor shower will peak on 13 and 14th of December this year and is expected to see up to 100 shooting stars per hour.
The Geminid meteor shower will start on Sunday 7 December and continue until December 17. Geminid meteor shower Dec. 13-14 will the best evenings to view as experts have predicted to see a ‘shooting star’ every minute from around 10 p.m. till dawn.
The Geminid meteor shower can be viewed from locations all around the world. Astronomers suggest the best time to view the Geminid meteor shower between 9 p.m. (21:00) local time and before dusk.
According to the NASA’s Solar System Exploration, unlike most meteor showers which originate from comets, the Geminids originate from an asteroid.
The Geminid meteor shower takes place every December and is one of the most anticipated events in the stargazing calendar.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Fogo (Cape Verde): The eruption continues. A new lava flow that appeared last night is heading again towards the village of Portela, which it might hit in less than 2 days. At the eruptive fissure, 3 vents seem to still be active and explosive activity has decreased a lot. The eruption continues to be dominated by lava effusion.